Kassen Michael Lloyd, 34, a resident of Elkins and Fairmont, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep Friday morning, Aug. 9, 2013, at his home in Elkins.
Kass was born Sept. 20, 1978, to Kenneth Marshall Lloyd of Beverly and Brenda Burr Lloyd Cantley of Elkins.
He graduated from Highland Adventist School in Elkins and obtained an Associate degree in 1999 from Computer Tech. He had attended Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. He had lived in Texas, Florida and Tennessee before returning home to Elkins, where he worked as a graphic artist for the The Inter-Mountain. He then returned to school, and this May, received a Bachelors degree, graduating from Fairmont State University, where he had been a dean's list student. He was moving to Ohio to attend Miami University of Ohio, where he was a student in the Ph.D. program for botany.
In addition to his parents, Kass is survived by two brothers, Marshall Scott Lloyd (Kim) and Kenneth Marshall Lloyd II (Jennifer); and a sister, Kenna Barger (Shelton), all of Beverly. He also leaves four nieces and four nephews.
He also is survived by aunts and uncles, Nancy Burr Kisner (Sam)of Elkins, Michael Burr (Linda) of Coshocton, Ohio, Dixie Bowers of GrandBlanc, Mich., and Lorene Bunner and Sharon Lloyd, both of Elkins; and several cousins.
His stepfather, Al Cantley, is a patient at Elkins Rehabilitation and Care Center of Elkins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert (Sparky) and Ruth Burr and Oval and Elfa Lloyd; a cousin, Christopher Kisner in 2012, a cousin, Rick Bowers and an uncle, Bob Lloyd, both in 2013.
Kass was a fun and loving son and brother and a friend to many. He had many interests including photography, computers, gardening and anything to do with science. He was an accomplished potter, having made many items for friends and family. Kass was a free spirit and had always "marched to the beat of a different drum," and was a truly gifted individual. He will always be remembered for his keen sense of humor and his ability to recite little known facts and statistics on any subject. He was a member of the Elkins Seventh-Day Adventist Church and was baptized in 1997. At Kass's request, he has become an organ donor and will be cremated.
The family will hold a private memorial service at 11 a.m. today at the Burr Family Farm at Lower Cheat.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Highland Adventist School, One Leadsville Rd., Elkins, WV 26241, for their building project.
Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Kassen Michael Lloyd. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.